Liz Montague, an independent artist in Washington, D.C., is the very first black female cartoonist to be published in the New Yorker Her drawings deal with crucial subjects, “like race and gender and what it’s like to be in America in this body at this time,” she says. Here, Liz shares her favorite cartoons, a game-changing hair tool and the cool thing she does when she’s house alone …
I’m sure everybody asks this, however how do you come up with cartoon ideas? Are you constantly believing of them?
Definitely from my own life. If you have the ability to laugh about something, that’s half the fight, even if it’s a deep subject.
When did you begin drawing cartoons?
My sophomore year in college. I literally was being in my dormitory one day and I required a way to check in with myself that wasn’t super frustrating, something I could carry out in 10 minutes. I began drawing little pictures with whatever words, captions or expressions I had on my mind that day. As I kept doing it, it ended up being easier to expand on topics outside of myself– not simply how my day went or that so-and-so didn’t text me back, however bigger issues, like race and gender and what it’s like to be in America in this body at this time. It’s a very odd time.
What are your preferred animations you’ve done?
I liked my last one for the New Yorker– about how to teach your moms and dads’ sustainability Climate change is something I appreciate. Given the platform of the New Yorker, I knew I needed to do an animation that was likewise a piece of activist art. That’s a thin line– how do I make a subversive message that’s still a cartoon that still fits the audience which this publication will run? That’s a great deal of boxes to inspect.
Let’s speak about appeal. Do you use makeup when you’re working?
With freelancing, there isn’t that responsibility to leave your home. Sometimes I’m the only individual that I see all day. However I like the idea that I’m somebody I can look helpful for– thinking, nobody’s going to see me, but I’M worth brushing my hair for. I also spray rosewater face oil on my face whenever I require a pick-me-up. It has a light but really quite odor and feels rejuvenating.
What products do you swear by?
The Hourglass Veil setting powder— I like it way much better than Laura Mercier, that makes my face look too matte. And I go really severe to find concealers that match my complexion. I have a summer shade, a winter season shade, a winter-but-I’ve- been-in-the-sun-a-lot shade, a summer-but-I-haven’ t-been-in-the-sun-a-lot shade. Right now, I’m utilizing NARS radiant creamy concealer— in chocolat for my face and amande under my eyes. And I live for Glossier cloud paint, specifically for those times when you’re heading out the door and wish to look decent. Fenty is also amazing– I use their liquid eyeliner in black and their bronzer in mocha mami.
What about your hair?
I’m historically very bad at looking after my hair. However I have actually gotten good about utilizing sulfite-free hair shampoo and masking regularly and making sure I do not utilize a lots of heat. I got the Dyson hair clothes dryer on a resale site– it’s a VIDEO GAME CHANGER, especially for natural hair. It’s the first hair dryer I’ve used where I have actually had the ability to dry my hair on the cold setting, so there isn’t that heat damage.
Are there hair products you ‘d recommend?
Yes, I use the Macadamia hair mask, which is really, really excellent. The shampoo and conditioner I normally utilize is from Trader Joe’s, however when I’m attempting to be expensive, I’ll utilize the Macadamia shampoo when it’s at T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack.
How do you blend things up for special celebrations?
I always believe I’m making dramatic modifications to my makeup, and my pals are like, you look precisely the very same. However I truly like shine eye shadow. I’m an eye shadow novice, so my approach is to put on as much shine as possible and believe, yup, this is drama, I have achieved it.
What’s your bedtime regimen?
My nighttime regimen is that I’m checking my e-mail and it’s unexpectedly 2 a.m. and I think I much better go to sleep. But I do always wash my face! And I have a tub of vaseline for my lips and hands on my bedside table. It makes my hands greasy but actually, actually soft.
Do you hydrate your face?
Yes, I like Josie Maran whipped argan oil face butter since it makes my skin look healthy. Not always bright– which is often indicated as, it makes skin look lighter– but my skin looks bouncy like I have actually remained in the sun and like I actually leave my apartment!
When in your life have you felt beautiful?
When I moved into my first apartment, I felt, like, gorgeous. I had simply finished from college, I had my own apartment in a brand-new city where I understood nobody, with a new job, and I was like, I just did this! I felt like I was glowing from the inside out. I enjoy living by myself. Sometimes it’s like, oh crap, all of this depends upon me, but then it resembles, all of this depends on me and I do it!
Do you have any secret single habits?
When I’m alone, I listen to audiobooks on my speakers. When I work, I have on a Harry Potter one since I know what’s going to occur so I can tune in and out. I likewise began Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, which I ‘d already read, however I wish to have her audiobook on so I can be her by osmosis.
What else in your life brings you happiness?
My feline, Cleo, is a big part of my life. I was gently considering getting a feline and I went to the shelter– and when you remain in the shelter, video game over. As quickly as they get you in there, you’re leaving with something. I saw Cleo and was like, fine, I can do this. I got her back in August and she’s the best thing ever, the light of my life. She’s quite sassy. She’s 5 years old however only 5 pounds, so she looks like a kitten. She runs this location.
Finally, what’s your overall appeal approach?
Looking after my skin, hair and body is my time for myself. Even I’m hectic on due date, I deserve my own time; it doesn’t have to go to everyone else.
Thank you so much, Liz! Please stay tuned to see some of her fantastic animations on Cup of Jo.